Philadelphia, PA – Due to massive delays on most of its services, SEPTA officials are urging Eagles fans to get in line now if they hope to make it into the city on time for the first pre-season game on Thursday, Aug. 11.
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority has faced tremendous criticism from riders after the company recently sidelined 120 Silverliner V cars, a third of the coaches in its regional rail system, after defects were found in the suspension systems.
The depletion of its fleet has led to massive delays, overcrowded cars and morning rush-hour trains having to skip stops after reaching their full capacity.
SEPTA officials published a press release Wednesday morning urging Eagles fans to get in line now at their local Regional Rail or Broad Street Line stop if they wanted to be on time for the 7 p.m. start time of the first pre-season game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Aug. 11.
“We know how important the Eagles are to our city, so we’re highly suggesting you get in line in the next 15 minutes or there is no possibility you will catch a train for the 7 p.m. start time on Aug. 11,” SEPTA’s general manager, Jeff Knueppel, said this morning.
“Wait, what time is it? 9:15 a.m.? Yeah, you missed your chance. If you get to a station now you can probably catch the second half of the game.”
With the Democratic National Convention on the horizon, the problem is expected to get much worse before it gets better.
At press time, Knueppel did not rule out SEPTA bring in several donkeys and wooden carts to shore up its fleet in the coming weeks.